Saturday, November 22, 2003

Book traces history of city fire stations

Randy McNutt

MULBERRY - Barbara Keyser Gargiulo took one look at Eddie Bilkasley's manuscript and said, "He's got some great ideas."

The Clermont County writer became intrigued. She decided to help Bilkasley finish his book on the firehouses of Cincinnati - and publish it through her small press, Little Miami Publishing Co., which specializes in regional histories.

Gargiulo said Cincinnati Fire Stations, a hardcover work with color and old black-and-white photographs and illustrations, is timely because the Cincinnati Fire Department is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Last week, the authors were honored by the Ohioana Library Association for writing and publishing the 90-page book.

In addition to the photographs, the book lists Cincinnati's fire chiefs through the years, an 1853 Cincinnati map, timelines of individual fire houses and some fire-related monuments.

One interesting entry, with a photograph, is called the Fireboat. In the 1880s, a fireboat was a fire engine built on flatboat. It protected the Bottoms and the Miami and Erie Canal.

She said Cincinnati's first and only fire boat on the canal was used to protect exhibit buildings during the Centennial Exhibition of 1888.

The book may be ordered for $24.99 (plus $3 for postage and $1.50 for Ohio sales tax) from Little Miami Publishing Co., P.O. Box 588, Milford OH 45150-0588.


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COLERAIN TWP. - Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve will present its Holiday Music Fest in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at 7 p.m.on Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 in Hamilton County.

Scheduled performers: St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble, Dec. 5; Monfort Heights United Methodist Church Bell Choir, Dec. 6; Colerain Elementary Cardinals, Dec. 12; Weigel Singers of Ann Weigel Elementary, Dec. 13;Groesbeck United Methodist Bell Choir, Dec. 19;and the Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild, Dec. 20.

Concert admission is free, but you must pay a small fee to enter the park.

Information: 521-7275.

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SPRINGBORO - Christmas in Olde Springboro resumes todaywith a parade at noon in the six-block historic district in Warren County. The Cincinnati Zoo Cat Ambassadors will come to town on Sunday.

Information: Springboro Chamber of Commerce, (937) 748-0074.Or: McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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